Belief Briefs

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 07:03 PM

Valentine’s Day Big Band Bash at St. Paul’s Lutheran
DURHAM -- St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will host a Valentine’s Day Big Band Bash from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
The event will be held in Trinity Hall at St. Paul’s, with big band dance music provided by the Durham Jazz Orchestra. There is no charge, but a free will offering will be accepted and guests are encouraged to bring treats to share.
For information, call the church at 919-489-3214.

First female pastor of Emmanuel AME
DURHAM – The Rev. Anita Thompson is the new pastor of Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road in Durham. She began in November, replacing the Rev. Shelton T. Miles Sr., who served Emmanuel AME for 11 years.
Thompson is the first female minister to lead Emmanuel. Miles was assigned to pastor Mt. Zion AME Church in Hillsborough.

Educator Cheek to speak at North East Baptist
DURHAM -- Author and educator King Virgil Cheek will be the guest speaker at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 23 at North East Baptist Church for its celebration of Black History Month. Cheek is the former president of Shaw University in Raleigh and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.; a professor and administrator at New York Institute of Technology; and chancellor of New York College of Health Professionals. He is now planning to launch the College of Integrated Medicine in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, China and South Africa. North East Baptist is located at 3204 Highway 55 in Durham. For information, call 919-544-2142.

DCIA to discuss farmworkers at Tuesday meeting
DURHAM -- Durham Congregations in Action will hold its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Durham Mennonite Church, 603 Lynn Road. Lunch costs $6.
The presentation topic will be “Safety and Fair Wage for Farmworkers.” Jennifer McGovern of Triangle Friends of Farmworkers, will explain the Farm Labor Organizing Committee campaign for tobacco field workers, and why it matters to communities of faith. For information, visit

Grief support group series starts Tuesday
DURHAM -- Grief support group “Growing thru Grief” will offer a six-week, core grief support program, “Life with Grief,” beginning Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.
It is sponsored by area churches and support organizations. It will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and include a brief lecture followed by small group discussion. Registration, refreshments and fellowship begins at 4 p.m. For information, email

Womanist theologian to speak at Presbyterian churches
DURHAM -- First Presbyterian Church will host its annual McPherson Lectureship, “Christian Ethics, Womanist Theology, and the Present Political Climate” with the Rev. Emilie M. Townes Feb. 23-24. Townes is dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society.
Ordained in the American Baptist Church, her work includes the book “Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.” She previously served as associate dean of academic affairs at Yale University. Townes was born in Durham.
Her events on Feb. 23 include speaking during adult Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 23 on “Spirituality as Social Witness” and preaching at the 11 a.m. worship service on “Songs of Zion,” both at First Presbyterian, 305 E. Main St. She will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 23, “Does Your House Have Lions?” at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver St. Also, at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 she will speak about “Singing Your Song” at a gathering for clergy at First Presbyterian. RSVP for the clergy gathering, which includes lunch, at 919-682-5511 or email

Black History Month program Feb. 23 at Community Baptist
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will host a Black History program at 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Youth of the church will share poems, speeches, songs, skits and instrumental music. The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. The Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

‘Night of Forgiveness’ at Farrington Road Baptist
CHAPEL HILL -- Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Road in Chapel Hill, will host a “Night of Forgiveness” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be a guest speaker, music, food, door prizes. For information, call 919-489-5889.

Rose Butler Browne Education Day on Sunday
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church invites the public and educators to the First Dr. Rose Butler Browne Education Day during the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 1007 S. Roxboro St.
In celebration of Black History Month, Mount Vernon and the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are honoring Browne for her leadership in education and service to the community. The guest preacher is the Rev. Linda Britt Gill, associate minister at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Raleigh. 
Browne was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate of education from Harvard University. She also chaired the Department of Education at then-N.C. Central College.
Also, Mt. Vernon will host a screening of “Won’t Back Down,” part of its Black History Month film series, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by discussion led by Dorothy Singleton, retired professor of education at N.C. Central University and Deaconess Geraldine Young, retired teacher and administrator in Chapel Hill schools. For information, visit or call 919-688-1823.

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